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Summer SAVY 2014 Session 4, Day 4 – The World Turned Upside Down (Rising 4th/5th)

Posted by on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in SAVY blog.

In today’s class, we finished our discussion of the Boston Massacre with a debate (in small groups) about whether or not the term “massacre” is an appropriate one to describe those events. We also talked about the Boston Tea Party and the heightened tension in Boston with the passage of the Intolerable Acts.
Students then explored quotes from primary sources related to the First Continental Congress. Each group of students was assigned a quote to analyze and then explain to the class in mini-presentations. They did an excellent job! By the end of our discussion and their presentations, students’ had a great understanding of the importance of unity among the colonies in standing up to the formidable force of the British Empire.

The revolution began today! We finished class with compelling video clips showing the first shots fired at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Students’ enthusiasm continues to grow as they learn more about the risks and potential rewards faced by the colonists in the heightened conflict.

Here are a few of the things we watched:

Reading of “The Intolerable Acts” in Boston Square

Introduction to Lexington & Concord
Schoolhouse Rock “The American Revolution